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With gas prices at record highs, drivers are looking for ways to stretch every last drop. KSMU's Benjamin Fry reports on what you can do on the road to be more fuel efficient.
It's a fact that not all cars guzzle their gas at the same rate.
Compacts and hybrids take sips while SUVs tend to take big gulps.
With gas prices now averaging just below 4 dollars a gallon nationally according to AAA, some drivers are feeling the pinch more than others.
Not everyone can afford a new hybrid car, but there are little things drivers can do while on the road to postpone their next visit to the pump.
At Stoney's Garage in Springfield, owner Stoney Cottengim knows that getting good gas mileage means leaving that lead foot at home.
"You know, driving 62 compared to 75 miles an hour can reduce your consumption by 15 percent. Fuel economy may increase by 20 percent just by not coming to a stop too frequent or taking off too fast," Cottengim said.
Other gas-saving tips include using cruise control while on the highway and keeping the AC to a minimum.
"If you can use your AC sparingly, that can definitely save about 20 percent. A good point on the highway is to keep your windows closed, because that can increase drag," Cottengim said.
Cottengim also says it's important to keep tires aired up and make sure cars get their regular tune-ups.
For KSMU news, I'm Benjamin Fry.